Winter weather conditions are hard on everyone—including your floors. While it would be nice to transport your home to a location with sunny, 60-degree days, it probably isn’t that feasible. Never fear! Check out these tips for protecting your floors, rain or shine.

Keep Shoes Off

Shoes track in dirt, salt, and mud, which are all enemies of your flooring. Make it a habit to take your shoes off as soon as you’re inside. Keep a shoe mat near the entry points of your home to serve as a reminder. Invest in a pair of house slippers to keep your feet warm without tracking junk across the carpet.

Wipe Off Pet Paws

Buster may love running through the snow, but you won’t love his wet paws leaving muddy prints all over your flooring. Hang a towel near your door so you can wipe your pets’ paws before they come into your home. If you want to take it a step further, you can purchase a pair of doggy shoes to keep paws completely clean.

Use Mats and Rugs

In high traffic areas like the space around your doors, use protective mats to reduce wear and tear. Keep heavy-duty mats outside your exterior door so you and your guests can wipe your shoes off before you enter the house. If you have hardwood floors, consider using rugs in your interior design to help protect them from the winter elements.

Sweep and Vacuum Regularly

If it isn’t already a part of your regular cleaning regimen, be sure to sweep and vacuum often. Removing dirt, dust, and salt quickly will prevent them from scratching or damaging the surface of your hardwood floors or tile and settling into the fibers of your carpet.

Mop Up Moisture Quickly

Snow and ice are bound to find their way into your home. Mop up moisture quickly to prevent it from leaving unwanted watermarks or muddy stains on your floor. This is especially important for hardwood flooring, as excess moisture can cause warping in the floorboards.

Only Use Proper Cleaning Products

You may be tempted to grab a bottle of cleaner from the shelf and douse your dirty floors with it, but don’t settle. Only use floor cleaners that are specifically designed for your type of flooring, and be sure to follow the instructions carefully. Harsh chemicals or improper solvents can cause buildup or damage the surface of your flooring.

Enlist a Pro

Professional care can aid in keeping your floors looking flawless year round. For continuous care, enroll in a professional cleaning program. Your local flooring expert can treat your flooring and return it to (almost) mint condition in no time. Partnering with a professional will help you protect your flooring, even in the harshest conditions.

Winter weather can take a serious toll on your flooring. Trust the team at Springer to keep your floor looking great year round. Whether you have carpet, hardwood, laminate, or tile, our technicians have the knowledge and expertise to treat your floor and leave it looking brand new. Schedule your service to start protecting your flooring.